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Registered: ‎07-23-2017

Re: Best rebel series for film making

Suggestion, try renting a professional video camera. OR, borrow one from someone. And get someone to help you that has done this before. 

 

The problem with DSLRs is they don't have good microphones. You can use a boom mic plugged in on newer models, but then you need to mix the sound too.

 

You would also need a tripod with a ball head for it. And, a still camera is harder to monitor by the cameraman. 

 

You could do it, but that is not what still cameras are designed to do. I shot a video a couple of weeks ago. We knew what we wanted; some action shots of a kid in order to make a College Exposure video. Three minutes at several positions. We did almost 20 minutes of videoing trying to find the best angles while remaining centered on the subject. Anything more than that will take some real expertise. 

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Registered: ‎08-06-2017

Re: Best rebel series for film making

If it makes any difference I was going to get myself a stabilizer or a lower end gimble to help with those sort of things. As far as the sound goes most of it would be mixed yes I was planning on that.
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Re: Best rebel series for film making


Paulyfe12 wrote:
If it makes any difference I was going to get myself a stabilizer or a lower end gimble to help with those sort of things. As far as the sound goes most of it would be mixed yes I was planning on that.

Seeing how you're just starting out, I would recommend investing in a video tripod, with a pan/tilt video head, before a stabilizer rig with a gimbal head.  Those rigs typically cost more than most Rebels.  You do not want to buy a cheap rig.

 

The quality of your videos will be no better than the weakest link in your work flow and gear.  Moving the camera will filming video will introduce a can of worms related to exposure control issues.  Rebels are ill suited for video, especially if you are moving the camera, which can potentially introduce variations in exposure.

I also suggest that you invest in a good grey card, so that you can get your White Balance set correctly.  You want video that you shot today to look like the video you shot yestererday, or might shoot tomorrow.  You will need to document everything about your filming processes.  These tasks are the responsibility of a "production designer."

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Registered: ‎08-06-2017

Re: Best rebel series for film making

Yea my plan was to shoot everything I can in a plain setting on the camera and color correct everything in post. But yea a grey card would help immensely and the pan/tilt tripod is a good call. I guess I've just seen how good shots are with even a basic stabilizer and got kinda hooked on recreating it
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